Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #357 – Heating – ENERGY STAR Windows

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 357,  ENERGY STAR Windows. What is a window but simply a big hole in the wall? ENERGY STAR windows, like the replacement windows we had installed in our own home, provide greater savings by keeping more heat inside in the winter. They are more costly than non-ENERGY STAR … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #342 – Heating – Insulate Basement Walls

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 342, Basement Walls' Insulation. If you do not have a finished basement, you should consider investing in a partial basement renovation project to at least place insulation on the full height of all your exterior basement walls. This will help keep the coolness of the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #337 – Heating – Insulated Heating Ducts

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 337, Insulate Heating Ducts. There is a product which you can use to insulate the duct work in your home. It is simply an insulating blanket which wraps around your ducts. While pricey, its purpose is to keep the air heated by the furnace ( or solar air heater ) hot until … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #328 – Heating – Insulate Attic Pull-Down Stairs

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 328, Attic Pull Down Stairs Insulation. For those homes with a pull down stairs type of access to the attic, don’t forget to insulate the top of the pull down stairs. This area is just like the rest of the floor of our attic; if it is not insulated, then hot air will … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #327 – Heating – InfraRed Temperature Reader

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 327,  Infra-Red Temperature Reader. These cost around $100 but can be found on sale every now and again for around $50 as we did last year. This is a good device for use during the winter to locate areas of the outside wall that are colder than others. This of course is … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #323 – Heating – Insullate Exterior Door Frames

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 323, Insulate Around Exterior Door Frames. Just as it is important to ensure that there is sufficient insulation around window frames, it is similarly important to ensure that there is sufficient insulation round door frames leading outside the house. If you are having a … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #308 – Heating – Electric Outlet Insulating Seals

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 308, Install Electric Outlet Insulating Seals. Both light switches and electrical outlets against exterior walls are full of air leaks, allowing heated air in the winter to escape. Seal them with cheap CSA approved insulation. It take just a minute or two to help … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #300 – Heating – Attic Opening Insulation

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 300, Attic Opening Insulation. Every home has an opening of some type to its attic. Therefore, this money saving heating tip is for everyone. Not only does a home need to have sufficient insulation on the attic flooring (i.e. on top of the ceiling of the highest floor in … [Read more...]

Closing Opening in Wall With Drywall

Initial Screws Along Drywall Edge Opening

In our continuing series on the repair of the crack in our finished basement foundation, last time we saw the approach and techniques used to repair the opening in the wood frame, apply the new insulation and finally repair the opening which had been made in the vapour barrier. In this article we cover how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems repaired the opening made in the drywall. After measuring the opening in the drywall, Fitz proceeded to cut a piece to approximate the 34 inches high … [Read more...]

Using Clean Space Membrane To Protect The Overlay Sealant

Urethane Overlay Sealant Applied

In the most recent article in this series on our basement water leak repair series, we saw how Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems applied the urethane sealant overlay onto the FlexiSpan Foam Drain Strip to provide insurance in case any water did over the long term seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the crack in the foundation wall itself. If this part of our basement was unfinished, that would be it as far as sealing the foundation wall crack (still a bit more work though … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – 3 Year Anniversary – More Data

Yesterday's article saw us review the payouts and estimated savings from each of the first three years of the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. Today, we review more statistical data on the program's 3 year anniversary. We continue our review using the data provided by Media Relations Assistant | Adjointe aux relations médias  of | de Natural Resources Canada | Resources naturelles Canada, with our sincere thanks. Today we look at data surrounding the type of energy efficiency and / … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 10

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ More than a year went by between the first and second, or … [Read more...]

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